Pride Month began in June of 1970. Its inception resulted from the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, in which the New York Police Department raided a popular gay bar in Manhattan. Although these instances occurred more than once, it was the first time gay individuals
fought back, thus becoming the catalyst for the Gay Liberation Movement. The purpose of celebrating Pride Month is to acknowledge and appreciate the impacts and social movements that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual
activists have made throughout history.
AACRAO LGBTQIA+ Caucus Chair Chris Dorsten shared a few words about how his involvement in the
Caucus influenced his participation as a member of the association and his career path:
AACRAO's LGBTQIA+ Caucus has served...[a] pivotal role in my coming out as a professional in higher education. Without the Caucus, I'm not sure that I would have had the courage or the support to be who I am today as an "out" professional.
Looking for ways to get involved?
- Join the AACRAO LGBTQIA+ Caucus.
- View the recorded webinar on the ABCs of LGBTQIA+.
- Discover AACRAO's work regarding best practices for supporting LGBTQIA+ students.
- Explore the National Park Service's events throughout the month, find a local park, and read about LGBTQIA+ heritage.
- Access the June 1970 footage from the Library of Congress of one of the earliest Gay Pride marches.
- Find an event near you from the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association.
- Watch the short Pixar film "Out," recommended by the AACRAO Caucuses.
Follow AACRAO's Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,
LinkedIn pages to join the conversation and learn more about Pride Month.